The World Health Organization recommends children aged 6 to 14 exercise in order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, and cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers. WHO goes on to state that children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily and most of this activity should be aerobic. This is where Aikido of El Paso steps in. Our youth aikido classes focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally. Young students learn the importance of non-resistance. As Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido, said: “Aikido is not for correcting others, but for correcting your own mind.” As far as martial arts go, aikido stands apart from the rest. It is both a martial art and philosophy that the student can take throughout his or her daily life. This makes youth aikido lessons a great choice for children in the El Paso area.
What Aikido of El Paso Has to Offer
Aikido of El Paso’s youth program teaches practical and proven self-defense methods while enforcing clear rules of good behavior to be followed in class and at home. Our highest-qualified and most patient instructors are trained in effective teaching strategies to reach the youth of all abilities. Aikido youth lessons encourage cooperative behaviors in class that aid young people who are dealing with challenges in their daily lives. All of this is accomplished without the use of tournaments and competitions. Competition is developed within the individual to better themselves, not directed outward to dominate others.
Youth Aikido Classes for Children Aged 6 to 14
Dedicated to students aged 6 to 14, this program will include body movement, flexibility exercises, drills that instill coordination while enhancing skills for focus, attention, and following instructions. At Aikido of El Paso, we are not only concerned with the physical aspects of teaching. We also introduce Japanese language, safety awareness, and a sense of self-discipline. When students improve in these areas, they gain confidence, awareness, and respect for others. As students progress, they incrementally learn conflict resolution, character development, and partner practice. The curriculum continues to build toward a deeper understanding of aikido techniques and the ability to use them in expanding scenarios.
More Advanced Programs Available
Nominated teens in the program are invited to participate in the Shidousha (mentor/coaching) program. Shidousha members learn how to help junior members. They also receive additional leadership instruction and are entitled to additional training privileges reserved for serious students. Each class is 45 minutes in length and a student may attend all scheduled youth classes.
What To Expect from Youth Aikido Classes in El Paso
Youth aikido lessons are taught in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. Children are taught falling and basic techniques through aikido drills. The exercises help develop reflexes, coordination, concentration, and relaxation. All the while, students learn respect, cooperation and discipline. Children are taught self-defense without becoming overly aggressive and gain the confidence of being able to handle themselves in stressful circumstances.
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